Azerbaijani parliament approves Novruz Mammadov's candidacy as new PM

Ilham Aliyev Sworn In As Azerbaijan's President

Aliyev win is confirmed by constitutional court

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov in Baku on April 19. He swore on the constitution of Azerbaijan and on the Qu'ran.

Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry called the reports "unfair and not objective". Unlike his father Heydar Aliyev, the current president prefers to conduct inauguration ceremonies in less public places, in this case parliament.

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The Azerbaijani parliament convened to designate the new prime minister, and Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov announced that President Ilham Aliyev proposed Memmedov for the post. Aliyev won by a landslide, with 86.02 percent of the electorate cast their votes in favor of him.

However, the election was boycotted by major opposition parties, who accused Aliyev of authoritarian rule and suppressing political dissent.

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Elkhan Shahinoglu, Head of the Atlas Research Center in Baku, said during the tenure of President Aliyev, Azerbaijan was applauded by global community for permanent stability against the backdrop of unstable world order. "However, Azerbaijan is stayed quite far from such commotions", Shahinoglu told Caspian News.

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